Scottish Winter Mountaineering - Womens Course
  • Scotland
  • 5 Days
  • 4 People to 1 instructor

Scottish Winter Mountaineering - Womens Course

  • Hike
  • Mountaineering
  • Intermediate


You're a dedicated hillwalker who wants to take things up a level and become a true 'mountaineer', tackling the more challenging peaks of Glencoe and Lochaber in winter. You'll need the full array of mountaineering skills that this course is designed to deliver. Our top class instructors will combine practical instruction with ascents of many of the finest summits in the Western Highlands to develop your winter skills on steeper snow and winter scrambling terrain. You'll cover winter navigation, and avalanche evaluation alongside the emergency procedures of building a snow shelter and basic ropework for steep ground. You'll get masses of practical experience during the day, and we'll share our expert technical knowledge with you through a series of evening lectures to reinforce what you've learned out on the mountains. This course will be delivered from our scenic winter base in Scotland, the Alltshellach hotel in North Ballachulish.

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The Objectives

You'll make the transition from winter hillwalker to mountaineer.


* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.

What to Expect

This course will take you progressively through the skills of winter mountaineering. Venues and day to day activities are weather and snow-dependent and decisions regarding the exact day's programme will be decided by the course director each morning. The whole group will meet for a briefing, allowing you to share the decision making process with experienced instructors.

We will aim to cover the following topics;

Use of ice axe and crampons

Ice axe arrest

Winter navigation

Avalanche risk assessment and avoidance

Emergency snowshelters/survival

Elementary ropework and snow belays

Terrain - ridges, rocky steps, cornices, steep snow (Grade 1)

Mountaineering decision making

These areas will be incorporated into mountain journeys, hopefully taking in some of the major peaks.

Experience Required

Ideally you'll have completed our Scottish Winter Hillwalking course. Experience with axe and crampons would be very useful on this course. A good level of summer hill walking fitness is essential. You should fit enough to undertake five consecutive days out in the mountains each with an approximate height gain of 1000m whilst carrying a rucksack weighing about 8-10Kg. This will help you to get the most out of the week and allow you to cope with what at times, can be challenging conditions. The days can be long and demanding but as with all our winter courses enthusiasm and determination are the key.

Journey through a winter wonderland…

We want to help you focus on achieving your goals so if you're staying with us, comfortable accommodation (with WIFI included) and good food are part of the deal, you don't need to think about sorting this out for yourself. Your equipment hire, including snow safety equipment is included, as is in-course transport and parking. Support is on hand from our friendly, and exceptionally well qualified staff, to help develop your understanding and personal skills. They also help you to formulate an appropriate action plan for your further development. The address of Plas y Brenin in Scotland is HF Holidays Alltshellach, Onich, Fort William, Inverness-shire PH33 6SA.

What do I need to bring?
Equipment List
How should I prepare?
Preparation guide
Course Schedule

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5 Days
Start Date
3rd March, 2019
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This course will help you become

A winter mountaineer ready to get out and experience it independently.

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